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Maniwaya Island is part of the town of Sta Cruz in Marinduque and is less than an hour of boat ride away from the main island. It is surprisingly undeveloped with only a handful of resorts lined along its shores of rough coral stones and white sugary sands. Its water is teeming with life although negative effects of cyanide and dynamite fishing in the past are still very much evident in one too many dead corals scattered in its ocean floor. Its rustic vibe and tranquil state are its most redeeming qualities. Plus, it is totally off the path and uncrowded so you are guaranteed to have that patch of sand to frolic under the sun with for that much needed tan. Read More:


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Upon the mention of Marinduque, people would associate the place to the Moriones festival and or Bellarocca. Aside from these two, there aren’t much buzz on places to visit. Though the main reason for us to go to Marinduque was Bellaroca, we still wanted to visit and check out another area. Upon researching on the different beaches in Marinduque, we came across Maniwaya Island.

To cap off our final evening on the island, we witness a beautiful sunset. In the fast paced modern times of today, staying in Maniwaya island was such a treat. Imagine waking up to the calming chirping sounds of birds, breathing in unpolluted fresh air, eating fresh fish that was just caught, walking around luscious fields of greens, lounging around and taking naps under the shade of huge trees and just being calm and at peace by yourself. Maniwaya is truly a haven for me.  Read More:






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I went back to Maniwaya last Maundy Thursday (2013) and the resorts were fully booked – – – yet one can still contrast the density of people on the water versus the elbow-to-elbow density in famous Boracay. Somehow, Maniwaya visitors still feel they own the beach, even during the peak travel season. I can see it is not going to be the case for very long.

Today, a Maniwaya vacation is still restful. Pitching a tent is still enjoyable as you will not have to be in a spot with 200 tents side by side. There are open cottages for picnics, like the one we rented for a day tour. We paid only P500 for a huge table with many benches, shaded under a tree.  Read More:



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Marinduque Island Province, Home of Moriones Festival

Where is Marinduque and How to Get There

Interesting Tourist Spots in Marinduque

Colorful Festivals in Marinduque

Awesome Beaches in Marinduque

Enjoy Your Stay in Marinduque

Marinduque Photo Gallery

Marinduque Video Collections


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